Topic: northwest territories

Police-reported crime in Canada up slightly in 2018, hate crime down, StatsCan reports

Police-reported crime in Canada increased for the fourth year in a row last year, but is still lower than the crime rate 10 years ago, according to new Statistics Canada figures. 

Leaders looking for answers to improve education in Sahtu communities

Delegates from Colville Lake and Deline, N.W.T., cite poor communication between community governments and the regional school board among reasons for poor education outcomes in the region.

NWT Métis Nation disappointed in territory's handling of Thaidene Nene reserve

The Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN) says it’s disappointed in the way the territorial government has handled the proposed Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve.

Poor air quality in Yellowknife as fire northwest of city grows to 2,400 hectares

The fire northwest of Yellowknife has nearly doubled since Saturday, but remains not a threat to the city, according to an N.W.T. Fire update Sunday.

N.W.T. Indigenous youth advocate publishes first book of poetry

Fireweed, a poetry compilation by Tunchai Redvers, is divided into four chapters, each relating to a phase in the 'healing cycle of fireweed plants.'

Helicopter deployed to put out fire on Yellowknife's Tin Can Hill

Daniel Campbell, who is on a houseboat on Yellowknife Bay, reported seeing the small fire and smoke rising from Tin Can Hill in Yellowknife Saturday afternoon.
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CBC Saturday News July 20, 2019

Developing stories in the Ottawa and Greater Toronto regions

Heavy smoke in parts of N.W.T., air quality statement in effect

Environment Canada has issued air quality statements for parts of the N.W.T.'s Mackenzie Delta region, including Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic.

Great Northern Arts Festival hopes small changes will bring big results

The changes to the 10-day arts festival include no longer charging admission to attendees, and opening up its gallery to sales on opening night.

Rare vintage plane lands in Yellowknife

The 1929 Bellanca Pacemaker is one of just two operational aircraft of its kind in the world.

Dene elders visit Nain to teach traditional moosehide techniques

With a ban on hunting caribou, the Inuit have been hunting moose — but without traditional knowledge, the hides were going in the garbage.

Feds, territorial gov't postpone signing of Thaidene Nene final agreement

The signing of the final agreement for the Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve was set for July 25. Parks Canada now says it needs more time.

Wildfire burning near Yellowknife triples in size to more than 900 hectares

A team of wildfire officials are in Yellowknife monitoring the situation while fire crews are working at the east and southeast edges of the fire to contain it.  
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Acting Mayor Chris Westwell speaks on climate change in Fort Smith, N.W.T.

CBC News Network's Andrew Nichols discusses the heat and other climate change effects with Acting Mayor of Fort Smith, N.W.T., Chris Westwell.

Just before the weekend, fire bans in place for Yellowknife, nearby parks

Territorial officials follow City of Yellowknife's lead in instating fire ban Friday afternoon.

After more than 100 years, gov't makes good on Treaty 8 promise to N.W.T. First Nation

Members of the K'atl'odeeche First Nation were promised ‘cows and plows’ in 1900, which they never received. This week members received a portion of a $28.3M settlement of that broken promise.

Dene prepare to discuss its nation's future at off-the-grid assembly in N.W.T. wilderness

The Dene Nation are preparing to hold its 49th national assembly at Midway Lake, N.W.T. in a wooded area with no electricity, no internet and no cell service.

When you can't escape the heat, you're in a 'heat dome'

During a heat wave, it can feel like you're being trapped by rising temperatures on all sides — and that's basically what's happening to the air in an event that has become known as a "heat dome."

The birds are at it again: Osprey, lightning causing Yellowknife power outages

According to the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, customers in Yellowknife have experienced an average of 6.2 outages since May 2019 compared to a historic average of 5.25 and 5.65 outages during this period.

Fire crews pulled from wildfire near Yellowknife that's too dangerous to fight

The department of Environment and Natural Resources says fires were caused by lightning.

Northern demonstrators demand CBC host federal leaders' debate on climate change

Dozens of people rallied at CBC stations in Whitehorse and in Yellowknife, among other Canadian communities, to demand the public broadcaster host a federal leaders’ debate on climate change and a proposed Green New Deal.

RCMP seek help in investigation of two suspicious deaths in Northern B.C.

RCMP ask anyone who may have information about two dead adults found Monday south of Liard Hot Springs to contact them.

Proposed boundary change spurs uncertainty in Yellowknife Bay

The future of Jolliffe Island and houseboats moored near its shores is uncertain, but city officials and Yellowknives Dene say it's too early to speculate on particular plan for the island.

What Arctic ice can tell us about plagues, climate and conflict in the Middle Ages

New research on lead pollution trapped in Arctic ice is revealing how plagues, wars and the climate affected the economy of Medieval Europe.

'Problem' bear terrorizes couple at remote N.W.T. lake

A grizzly bear that terrorized a couple for roughly 12 hours on a remote lake in the Northwest Territories was known to be a problem, according to a territorial wildlife officer.

Heat warning issued for 7 N.W.T. communities

Environment Canada expects temperatures to reach 29 C in Kakisa, Enterprise, Fort Smith, Hay River, Jean-Marie River, Fort Simpson and Fort Providence.

'A perfect storm': Baker loses loaves after Yellowknife power outage

Kyle Thomas who operates With Bread, a popular micro-bakery at the Yellowknife Farmer's Market, says he lost 30 loaves of bread worth about $250 due to Tuesday morning's power outage.

City of Yellowknife continues court battle over transit fees for disabled

City of Yellowknife lawyers were in court Tuesday to appeal a court order to reimburse users of a van service for disabled patrons the extra fares they paid over a more than three-month period.

RCMP investigating Yellowknife internet outage, believes it's 'senseless vandalism'

The outage lasted roughly 10 hours, impacting long distance calls, cellphones, TV and internet services. The communities of Whati and Behchoko were also affected.

No one arrested in 'high risk take down' in Yellowknife's Old Town

Yellowknife RCMP say no one was arrested or charged in what they are calling a 'high risk take down' in Yellowknife's Old Town Monday evening.

Daniel Masuzumi elected chief of Fort Good Hope

With 166 votes, Daniel Masuzumi beat incumbent Wilfred McNeely Jr., who got 88 votes in Monday's election, according to a Facebook post by the electoral officer.

Yellowknives Dene, city propose new municipal boundary

The new boundary would remove land east of the city, while allowing for southwestern and waterfront expansion.

CN to rebuild key rail bridge connecting N.W.T. and southern Canada

CN Rail will rebuild the rail bridge over Steen River, Alta., mending a key infrastructure link between the Northwest Territories and southern Canada. 

Inuvik airport to residents: pick up your abandoned vehicles

Inuvik airport regional manager Jason MacNeil said he knows some vehicles parked at the airport have been there for at least a year, if not longer. Soon they may be towed.
In Depth

'You're not alone': New program helps foster kids with FASD prepare for life on their own

The program aims to help N.W.T. youth in foster care, or those who have just aged out, prepare for their future by teaching them life skills.

Behchoko man found not guilty of sexual assault after third trial

More than two and a half years after he was charged, a Behchoko man has been found not guilty of sexual assault.

'Nothing was being done': N.W.T. First Nation developing caribou stewardship plan

The Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation wants to take caribou management more fully into their own hands.

Ndilo man, N.W.T. gov't, far apart on compensation for destroyed property

A Ndilo man and the territorial government remain 'millions' of dollars apart in what may be the last chapter in a longstanding dispute over a property 22 kilometres west of Yellowknife.

2-way race for chief as voters head to polls in Fort Good Hope

Voters in the community of about 500 people will choose their new chief and council on Monday. The race for chief is between incumbent Wilfred McNeely Jr. and Daniel Masuzumi.

RCMP to investigate damaged fibre infrastructure causing widespread outage: Northwestel

Northwestel says it has referred the investigation into the damaged fibre infrastructure near Yellowknife to the RCMP.

Paddler's legacy continues on N.W.T.'s Thelon River thanks to guide he mentored

Several months after a longtime northern outdoorsman died, his tours — which ran each summer since 1975 — are running one last time, thanks to a young tour operator he mentored.

B.C. baker travels to Tuktoyaktuk to make Arctic yeast

Kevin Hennig, from Haida Gwaii, B.C., made his way to Tuktoyaktuk this past week to find the elements to make Arctic yeast. He's going home with 30 yeast starters.

Deh Cho duffers, rejoice: Fort Providence now has a golf course

With a tractor, some ingenuity, and 'a summer to spare,' Fort Providence's mayor has single-handedly created the community's first golf course.

Widespread communications outage plagues Yellowknife

A widespread communications outage has left much of Yellowknife and surrounding communities without phone, internet and TV services.

'Someday you will sit where I am': Elders say youth are the future at Tlicho assembly

Tlicho elders stressed the need for education at the 2019 annual Tlicho gathering and assembly in Gameti, N.W.T.

Fort Good Hope rapper Crook the Kid takes place on Bluesfest's big stage

Crook the Kid was tapped to open for RBC Ottawa Bluesfest headliner, the rapper Logic.

11-year-old DJ hitting the stage at Yellowknife's Folk on the Rocks

DJ Kai Walden is gearing up for three performances this weekend at Yellowknife’s annual music festival. 'I’ve been practising a lot. I’m really excited, kinda nervous, but really excited,' he says.

Minister acknowledges 'growing pains' at grand opening of Stanton Territorial Hospital

'I’ve received probably more pictures of food than I ever thought I would receive in my entire life,' said Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy on Friday.

Yellowknife legion plans to replace damaged veterans monument

The monument in downtown Yellowknife was damaged on July 4. RCMP are still investigating if the monument was vandalized.

Thaidene Nene park final agreement set to be signed, but YKDFN isn't on board

After close to two decades, a final agreement on the proposed Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is set to be signed in Lutselk'e, N.W.T., on July 25, but the Yellowknives Dene First Nation chief still has questions.

N.W.T. gov't sold 10 barges without advertising they were for sale

The Department of Infrastructure said it was not necessary to advertise the availability of the barges because many people were already aware they were potentially for sale.

Northern broadcaster's idea leads to launch of Indigenous Rights Report

A non-profit news organization is citing a Northern broadcasting legend with providing inspiration for a new project focused on documenting Indigenous rights stories around the world.​​​​​​​

Mining boom to drive economic growth in territories beyond rest of Canada: report

Economic growth in the territories is expected to outpace the rest of Canada over the next two years, driven by the strength of the mining sector in Yukon and Nunavut, according to the latest forecast from the Conference Board of Canada.

N.W.T. Greens choose Yellowknife lawyer Paul Falvo as candidate

The Liberals, Conservatives, Greens and Maxime Bernier's new People's Party have all named N.W.T. candidates for the upcoming federal election. The NDP have yet to announce its representative.

RCMP arrest suspect in February armed robbery of Yellowknife bank

Yellowknife RCMP have announced that Robin Kelly, 34, has been arrested in connection with a robbery at the First Nations Bank of Canada in February.

Man says he's remorseful for assaulting woman who tried to help him

A man from Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., was sentenced on Wednesday to three years for sexually assaulting a woman who put him up when he had nowhere to stay.

Yellowknife recyclables have been dumped into landfill for more than a year

Though plastics, glass and tin collected in Yellowknife blue bins are being tossed into the landfill, the city is urging residents to continue sorting their recyclables.

'Terrible idea': Online security experts warn against online voting in N.W.T. elections

Online security experts have an urgent message for election officials in the Northwest Territories who recently announced online voting will be used for the first time in the upcoming territorial election: don’t do it.

Tlicho annual gathering begins with travellers' arrival, financial update

The meetings began in Gameti, N.W.T., after dozens of delegates arrived by canoe in the early morning hours of Wednesday. On Tuesday, those assembled heard that the Tlicho government has almost $190 million in financial assets.

Unpaid crime surcharge need not be paid by those who can't afford it, says N.W.T. judge

Northwest Territories Chief Justice Louise Charbonneau said anyone charged the fee while it was mandatory can come before the courts now and ask that it be waived.
NWT Votes 2019

New wave of female candidates makes splash ahead of 2019 campaign

Though the October 1 N.W.T. election is still months away, 20 candidates have already declared their intention to run for MLA. The highlight of those early returns? The territory is already over halfway to the number of female candidates from the 2015 election.
Analysis

Premiers say they want a 'co-operative' approach to climate policy. Are they serious?

Premiers opposed to the federal government's climate change strategy have decried what they call Ottawa's reliance on 'threats' over 'co-operation.' But the math shows the provinces might struggle to come up with a credible climate strategy on their own.

'Back to zero': Canada's premiers gather in Saskatoon, but none are women

Canada's 13 provincial and territorial leaders are in Saskatchewan this week, but for the first time in years, the annual gathering won't have women at the table.

Inuit groups to get more than $161M over 5 years for skills, employment training

Crown Indigenous-Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett was in Iqaluit on Monday where she announced changes to the Indigenous skills and employment training program. 

Drop-off point in Inuvik helps with after-hours dog surrenders

Many in Inuvik, N.W.T., want to surrender dogs after hours, says a town peace officer. Now they have a way to do that.

Courts to decide if Inuvik man is long-term offender

The prosecutor is seeking to have an Inuvik man declared a long-term offender. The application came after Johnny Jeffery Simon was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in Inuvik in 2017.

2 Indigenous women allege they were sterilized against their will in Manitoba hospitals — one of them in 2018

Two Indigenous women say they were sterilized against their will in Manitoba hospitals, including one alleged incident that happened as recently as 2018, court documents say.

Future of Aboriginal hockey Team North on thin ice as organizer pulls out

Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT has been putting together Team North with top athletes from all three territories for years. The group announced last week it will no longer organize the team.

Tradition versus technology: Northerners debate use of drones in caribou hunting

The N.W.T.'s new wildlife regulations came into effect July 1, but the territory has chosen to defer a decision on drones until there are further talks. Those discussions are planned for fall.

2 Yellowknifers charged in downtown shooting

Yellowknife RCMP say Billy McNeely, 38, and Aaron Stoodley, 31, have been charged with firearm violations related to a shooting on May 26 in a downtown Yellowknife apartment building.

Blind elder at wit's end over harassment, unruly neighbours at Yellowknife apartment

An elder living with blindness in Yellowknife is out of answers and looking for help, after being hassled by other tenants in her apartment for years.

Five premiers flip pancakes, don cowboy duds on Calgary Stampede visit

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is hosting the premiers of Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories in Calgary, where it's Stampede week.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of June 17 and 24, July 1

July is here, and with a couple of long weekends in the rearview mirror, it's time to catch up with your best shots of the past three weeks.
Analysis

Why Canadians should brush up on their geography of the 3 territories

Northerners are used to flubs when it comes to the territories: is Yellowknife in Yukon? Is it Yellowhorse? Are they provinces? A Canada Research Chair says there's good reason for Canadians to look to the North.

Shaving for Sharon: cousin of woman battling cancer plans to lose locks in solidarity

A Fort Simpson woman is aiming to raise awareness, money, and her cousin's spirits, by organizing an eye-catching multi-community show of solidarity.

Edmonton woman makes lasting friendships over years of camping in Fort Simpson

Not only did Lori Harsh fall in love with camping after her trip, she fell in love with the places camping has taken her. Especially one place in particular — Fort Simpson.

Gameti, N.W.T., wins $20K for being one of the most active communities in Canada

The roughly 300-person community of Gameti recently logged 2,000 hours of activity in about six weeks, earning a handsome prize.

Contest turns summer hikes into treasure hunts across the North

People heading for a hike along trails across the North can turn that walk into a treasure hunt this summer.

Northwest Territories' move toward online voting sparks spirited debate

The Northwest Territories' move to allow online voting in the upcoming territorial election — becoming the first province or territory to do so in a general election — is drawing plenty of discussion.

'It's heartbreaking': Legion believes Veterans Monument in Yellowknife was vandalized

The Yellowknife Veterans Monument near the Joint Task Force North grounds was found damaged Thursday night. The legion is vowing to rebuild or repair it.

Inuvik RCMP make 3rd crack cocaine bust since May

Inuvik RCMP announced they have charged a 19-year-old with possession for the purpose trafficking after seizing crack cocaine and cash earlier this week.

'It's very stressful': Yellowknife nurse says short staffing is impacting patient safety

Nurses at Stanton Territorial Hospital say they are regularly asked to work overtime and come into work on their days off.

Levels of violence against young women in Northern Canada triple rest of country

Young women and girls living in the northern parts of Canada are three times more likely to be victims of violent crimes than women from Southern Canada, according to a new Statistics Canada report released Thursday.

Alaska rock climber dies in fall at Denali National Park

An Alaska rock climber has fallen to his death at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Yellowknife RCMP say missing woman located

Yellowknife RCMP say a 35-year-old woman reported missing has been located and is safe.

N.W.T. RCMP warn of financial scams targeting new Canadians

Police in the Northwest Territories warn residents — and especially new Canadians — to beware of two new fraud schemes they say are circulating.

Elizabeth May visits Yellowknife, calls for ban on new oil and gas business

The Green Party leader wants Canada to ban new oil and gas development and suggested hooking up the Taltson hydroelectric site to Saskatchewan and the North Slave region.

After dog attack, Yellowknife woman concerned about dog bylaw enforcement

Yellowknife resident Val Janz was walking her small schnoodle dog, Maggie, through a Frame Lake South neighbourhood last month when she says two medium-sized dogs approached from behind without warning and attacked her dog.

N.W.T. to be 1st province or territory to use online voting in general election

In a move to increase voter turnout, the Northwest Territories will soon become the first jurisdiction in Canada to use online voting in a provincial or territorial election.

Renovations at Behchoko sports complex raise resident concerns

Some residents of Behchoko, N.W.T., are concerned that ongoing renovations to the community's sports complex will disrupt youth sports programs, while the local government says the changes are needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the building.

Margot Kidder's brother spreads her ashes in Yellowknife, her 'spirit home'

The Superman actress was born in Yellowknife, and requested in her will that some of her ashes be spread in the N.W.T. capital. She also asked that some be spread in Labrador, where her family also lived.

Labrador is changing and some archeological sites are at risk of disappearing

Coastal erosion and thawing permafrost are putting millennia-old sites in danger.

Mandatory minimum for inviting child to have sex unconstitutional: N.W.T. judge

The judge's ruling came in the sentencing last month of a woman who pleaded guilty to inviting a girl under the age of 16 to have sex with her.

Judge orders N.W.T. minister to reconsider case of child denied French school admission

A Yellowknife mother and the N.W.T.'s French school board are welcoming a court decision ordering that the territorial education minister reconsider her refusal to admit a child in the city's francophone school. 

Elizabeth May to hold town hall in Yellowknife Wednesday evening

With a fall federal election looming, federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May will visit Yellowknife Wednesday, holding a town hall event in the N.W.T. capital.

Inuvik elder dedicated to teaching Inuvialuktun dies

Emma Dick taught at East Three Elementary in Inuvik until her retirement at the age of 91.

N.W.T. Foster Family Coalition head shortlisted for national award

The executive director of the Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories is one of six finalists for a national award that 'recognizes extraordinary Canadians whose efforts have improved the lives of vulnerable children,' it was announced Wednesday.

New Inuvik bylaw bans cannabis stores in 'downtown corridor'

Approximately two kilometres of Inuvik's Mackenzie Road — including the downtown retail core — have been zoned cannabis-store-free by Inuvik town council.

Elections NWT hopes to boost young adult turnout in 2019 election

The territory’s elections agency is stepping up efforts to get young people to the polls this October in hopes of improving on a poor showing in the last election.

Study gendered impacts of resource development: MMIWG inquiry

The president of the Native Women’s Association of the NWT is applauding the call to study the gendered impacts of resource extraction projects in the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.